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Demanding an Audience

As a baby, we do many things for the attention of our parents. We continue to do what we can for attention as we grow. At some point, we learn that we aren’t supposed to be seeking all this attention, that this attention should be for God alone. We are to live in a way that we point to Christ Jesus and glorify Him by our words and actions.

Even so, we often get caught in situations where we try to get attention. We get excited when someone with a reputation has recognized us. Some of us want so badly to be seated near these distinguished people. Backstage passes are coveted. Seats near those in charge are desired. We want to “push for a place among the great.”

This is something we all do in life, but it was never something Jesus did. He didn’t demand an audience. He didn’t push for a place to sit beside those who were considered high up on the food chain. Instead, He ate with sinners. He lived His life to glorify the Father. Today, ask if your words and actions glorify God—or if you are demanding an audience? Are you pointing to Jesus or are you pointing to yourself?

“Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.” – Proverbs 25:6 [NLT]

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Plain and Simple

I very much enjoy having a plain and simple life. There was a time when I wanted to show off what I had because that is how the world works. You buy things. You tell people what you bought. You shove it right in their face because then you look good. But really, are you good? Is this thing bringing value to your life? Not one bit. I am so grateful that I learned the true value of life. I am so thankful God has shown me how to have a full life.

In today’s verse we read that a “showy life is an empty life.” To have a lot of things to boast about really won’t get you very far and one day it will all disappear. You can fight long and hard to keep these things that never are YOUR things in the first place, but what a waste of life, what “an empty life” it will be for you. Today people enter my home and they comment about how little I have in my home. They comment about how small the place is and how plain it looks. I tell them it suits me. You see, I don’t want to get too comfortable here. This is not my home. As I downsized my things and focused more on God, my life became simpler and I can say it is a much fuller life. I can spend time with my kids more. I can read God’s Word more. I can do things rather than work overtime. I can live rather than walk like a zombie through life. I can be active in the world, minster to many, rather than pretend to have it all together because I have a lot of stuff.

Don’t get me wrong—it is okay to own things; just don’t let those things own you. I pray that if your life is currently empty, that you will allow the Holy Spirit to show you how to fill it up. It’s possible—only through Him.

“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life;
a plain and simple life is a full life.”

-Proverbs 13:7 [MSG]

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Victory From God

Most people know the phrase “don’t toot your own horn.” When we have some great accomplishment, there is this desire to toot our horn and become boastful. These rams’ horns that the priests were blowing in Joshua 6 were different. Yes, they were tooting horns. Yes they had victory, something that we sometimes brag about in our own lives. But the horns were the same horns used in religious festivals. There was no boastfulness.

These horns reminded them that their victory was from God. Having this reminder kept the people from finding any possible way to give credit to anyone or anything else. Their victory came from God. We need to remember that with every accomplishment, every award, every blessing, it all is from God and He along deserves the glory and praise.

Today thank God for the victories that He has brought in your life. Thank Him as well even if there are situations and battles you are currently facing—the struggles that He will help see you through. Trust that He will see you to the end and the trumpets will sound. You have victory through Christ.

“’Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.’” – Joshua 6:4-5 [NIV]

 

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Unashamed

As the school bus passed by, my daughter waved to me, unafraid of what her classmates might say if they spotted her waving to her mum. She was not ashamed to show her love for me. I’ll admit that after the bus was out of view, I thought of her wave and was teary eyed that she shows her love despite the consequences she may face. I sometimes wonder if we are that open to show our love for Christ.

We are told that if we are ashamed of Christ, that He too will be ashamed of us (Mark 8:38). Yet, we are not always boastful of what Christ has done for our lives. We are not always quick to tell our co-workers about Jesus because most of the staff is not Christian. When we get through a difficult situation, we sometimes would rather attribute it to some self-help book or quick fix solution instead of sharing what God did for us. Some people skip praying when they are out at a public restaurant because they do not want people staring.

Jesus stood on trial with humility. Jesus hung on the cross with humility. Jesus was not ashamed to undergo whatever it took– and it took everything– so that we could have a relationship with God and have everlasting life. I pray today that you will ask the Spirit for guidance to share your faith today. I hope you will be able to step out and share Jesus and see how greatly it blesses you and others.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
– Romans 1:16 [NASB]